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Vodafone, Nokia Conduct Australia’s First Live Public 5G Trial

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Vodafone, Nokia Conduct Australia’s First Live Public 5G Trial

Vodafone Australia and Nokia has jointly demonstrated a throughput speeds of up to 5Gbps in a public lab trial at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). This is said to be the first live public 5G demonstration in Australia.

As a part of the demonstration, the witnesses comprising of students, media and staff of UTS experienced the potential of controlling a robot, a virtual reality demonstration and speed tests using 5G capabilities.

“To put those speeds into perspective, an entire television series such as Game of Thrones can be downloaded in high definition in just 10 seconds,” Vodafone mentioned in a statement released.

In the case of virtual reality, the trial showcased the transmission of eight simultaneous streams of VR content, achieving throughout of up to 1.5Gbps.

The companies have used 8×8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) and 64 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) technologies to attain the speed, with latency of 2.8 milliseconds. The trial was conducted across Vodafone’s 4.5GHz spectrum band with 200MHz of cell bandwidth.

Commenting on the success of the demonstration, Vodafone Chief Technology Officer Kevin Millroy said, “5G will to propel a technological revolution. With Internet of Things (IoT) promising to change all of our lives, it calls for a technology which can handle an immense amount of simultaneous connections, far greater than the capabilities of 4G networks.”

“We see compounding annual data growth rates of around 40%, which we expect will skyrocket as more everyday things become connected to the internet,” Millroy added.

“5G is the next generation of radio systems and network architecture that will enable significant new use cases, new business opportunities and new ways for people to benefit from communications,” said Nokia’s Managing Director, Oceania, Ray Owen.

Ria Lakshman. V is a lead news writer at The Telecom Times. She studied Journalism at Manipal School of Communication and proceeded to work in newspapers and magazines, with technology as her focus area. Passionate about Telecommunications sector, her move to 'The Telecom Times' was a natural choice. Alongside, she also writes for Telecom Talk, where she covers news and tech commentaries in the sector of telecom. In the free time, Ria loves to go camping, read books, or sketch illustrations. She also runs a local design studio and promotes eco-friendly crafts. Ria can be found sharing her knowledge and insights on Twitter.

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